The survey, conducted by researchers YouGov, included two questions for 20,000 participants: ‘Would you support increasing the basic rate of National Insurance from 12% to 13% and using the money raised to increase spending on the NHS?’ and ‘Would you support increasing the basic rate of income tax from 20% to 21% and using the money raised to increase spending on the NHS?’
Support at 58% for increasing National Insurance is strongest among ABC1s and the over-55s. A total of 27% oppose with 15% undecided.
Backing is above 50% in all areas of England, Scotland and Wales, with the highest in the South West, lowest in London.
Approval for increasing the basic rate of income tax from 20% to 21% is less strong at 48% with 36% opposed and 16% undecided.
Agreement is stronger from ABC1s and older people. It is highest in the South West and lowest in the West Midlands.
Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare system, said:
“It is up to government how it raises funds for public services, but these figures clearly show not only that the public across the UK supports more resources for the NHS, but that they are willing to pay more tax to bring that about.
“The case for more money for both health and social care has been made and it is overwhelming. Just about everyone is calling on the Chancellor to act – from the health secretary himself, the head of NHS England and all our members who actually run the system, to the medical royal colleges, local government, as well as those representing patients, users and carers.
“Without action, our health and care system will continue to deteriorate; millions will wait, more will suffer and some will die. It is now clear that, even within government, the cries for more funding are unequivocal.
“It is time to do the Chancellor to do right thing – our members are happy to be held to account but their plea is ‘give us the financial tools to do the job’.”